Swordsman, soldier, satirist, science-fiction writer, and possessor of the biggest nose in all of France . . . Cyrano de Bergerac was all these things and more. For behind his grotesque face beat the heart of a lover. And, being Cyrano, who should he fall in love with but the most beautiful woman in Paris. From the conflict of nose versus heart springs one of the most uproarious, tender, funy, painful, poetic, and action-packed stories of all time, a tale that is based on truth (Cyrano really existed) yet seems stranger than fiction, and, in its stage version, has held audiences in its thrall for centuries. Working from Edmond Rostand's beloved play, Geraldine McCaughrean, the only three time winner of Britain's prestigious Whitbread award, has translated the story into muscular prose that shimmers with turns of phrase Cyrano himself would have admired. Whether you've seen the play a dozen times, or never before met the great Cyrano, this is a thrilling new way to experience the power and the passion, the humor and the heartbreak, of one of the most beloved stories of all time.